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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy records

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Identifier: AC-0449

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Scope and Contents

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Linguistics and Philosophy records span from 1964 to 1998. The collection comprises grants and proposals, schedules, reports, course materials, and other administrative files. Also included in the collection are affirmative action-related records.


  • Creation: 1964 - 1998


Access note

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Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Historical Note

Classes in linguistics were offered within the Department of Modern Languages at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in linguistics was first offered by that department in 1961-62. In 1965 the Department of Modern Languages became the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics and in 1969, the Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics.

Prior to 1964 philosophy was taught in the Department of Humanities. The Philosophy Section was formed when a Ph.D. program in philosophy was established in July 1971.

In 1976 the curriculum in foreign languages and literatures became part of the responsibility of the Department of Humanities while the curriculum in linguistics became part of the Department of Philosophy to form the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Course XXIV. The merger of linguistics and philosophy established a center for the study of language and related cognitive areas.

The heads of the departments which preceded the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy included: William F. Bottiglia, 1965-1969, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics; William F. Bottiglia, 1969-1973, and James W. Harris, 1973-1976, Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics; and Richard L. Cartwright, 1971-1976, Department of Philosophy.

MIT History, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, 2020.


7.3 Cubic Feet (7 record cartons, 1 manuscript box)

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Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.

Preliminary Inventory to the Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Linguistics and Philosophy records
Data Entry In Progress
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 October 15: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

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